The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Pine Bluff Branch, is seeking 2018nominations for the NAACP awards.

Awards will be presented at the 27th NAACP annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Challenging the Past-Changing the Future,” according to a news release. Banquet tickets are $40.

The NAACP Awards committee is accepting nominations for the following award categories and the criteria are listed for each:

The Pine Bluff Branch Member of the Year

Actively participated in voter empowerment efforts of the branch; actively participated in the membership campaigns of the branch; regularly attended and participated in meetings and activities of the branch; worked or assisted in helping to promote educational programs designed to provide moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; demonstrated loyalty to the efforts of the branch.

The Dove Civil Rights Award

Worked to improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups; worked to eliminate racial prejudice, worked to increase voter registration/education and mobilization, worked to keep the public aware of incidents of racial discrimination consistent with the guidelines of the NAACP, demonstrates a belief in and support of the efforts of the Pine Bluff branch and is a current member of the branch.

The Rev. H. O. Gray Community Service Award

Volunteered time and/or services without compensation to the Pine Bluff community, fosters a positive attitude about the NAACP and the Pine Bluff community, encourages others to participate in community service activities (community service can include serving as a leader in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, food pantries etc.); helped others to achieve and/or overcome obstacles to build stronger, healthier and safer communities.

The Youth/College of the Year Award

Attends monthly meetings on a regular basis, participates in planning and discussion of youth/college activities, participates in the educational seminars/programs, supports the mission and objectives of the NAACP through youth/college work, has been a member of the youth/college for at least two consecutive years, demonstrates loyalty to the efforts of the organization.

The Education Award

For meritorious contributions in Education — including contributions by school administrators, teachers, staff, students or other community members who have enhanced the quality of education in the community.

The Religious Award

For meritorious contributions in the community specifically in the area of religion — has a positive attitude while working to enhance the productivity in the community contributions by church organization, clergy and non-clergy individuals.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Sept. 21. Nomination forms and award criteria are available by calling Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978, or Tina Owens, 870-692-3099.

“We invite you to submit the names of deserving people in our community,” a spokesman said.

Ivan Whitfield is president of the Pine Bluff Branch NAACP. Details: Mary Liddell, co-chair event coordinator and first vice president, or 870-643-2383.